BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at O’Brien’s. Appearance is a thick dense brown hue, head is cocoa velvet smoothness, huge thick pillowy lacing on the glass, AMAZING.
Smell is mild malt aromas (chocolate & coffee) that are surprisingly muted, slight bitter and sour milk notes.
Taste is mildly bitter coffee malts, nice cocoa sweetness, bittering hops midway, finishes smooth and slightly sour.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy smooth texture a la Guinness, mild-moderate carbonation, WONDERFUL.
The appearance and texture are superb, very smooth and easy-drinking w/no alcohol presence, flavor is lacking boldness but is solid for the style.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with little head. Nose shows this one to have a great deal of hops residing in it. Medium light body with a flavor that reminds me a little of Stones 6th Anniversary brew. Nice drinker.
ChazMania (650) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap from Solana location. Huge coffee aroma. Flavor had cream and mocha mixed with espresso like aftertaste. My ’light beer’ drinking friends could not stand it, so there was nearly a pitcher for me. Had I not been full from incredible pizza I would have drank the whole pitcher.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - MAR 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark burnt brown color. Medium off-white head with nice lacing. Aroma is a wonderful malt sweetness, mixed with coffee and chocolate. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. Hops actually peeked aroudn the corner of the malty sweetness. Body is silky smooth and very pleasant. An excellent porter,
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a growler is has a dark brown color. The nose has nuts, mollasses. Taste has vanilla, cocoa and a roasted flavor. Smooth finish.
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask with espresso beans at pizza port san clemente. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is lots of roast coffee and caramel. Flavor is more strong coffee with a strong hop bitterness and a hint of chocolate. Palate is silky with pretty much no carbonation.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice roasted, smokey malt flavors in this one. The finish is slightly dry and bitter from the hops. Black with a nice head and smooth from the nitrogen pour. A very tasty brew.
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ brewery. Dark, ruby/walnut body with a light tan head. Webby lace with splotches. Yeast/bread on the aroma, dark malts, caramel, coffee, chocolate. Mouth is medium with tons of super-soft carbonation (like a nitro), lightly dry. Flavor is plastic, candy, sugar, dust, lightly roasty, touch sour dough in the finish, touch bitter, coffee, light alcohol. Interesting amalgamation of flavors, but I drank it and even enjoyed it. Very unique. Great mouth.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served cold, on tap. Dark brown (almost black) with a creamy head. Hints of coffee and chocolate in aroma, both of which are present in taste, with a slightly bitter finish.
twistedviews (75) - California, USA - JUN 26, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
this is good fuckin’ beer! from my hometown of san clemente... now im gonna go walk up the street and get a few of these. oh yeah.